Woman given last chance by judge

By Morag Hobbs & Claire McCann

The high court, Edinburgh

A woman from Edinburgh escaped a prison sentence as judge says little purpose would be served by sending her to prison. The woman, who cannot be named due to legal reasons, faced charged surrounding her drug use and in order to maintain freedom must return to the court to produce medical certificates among other items to prove sobriety on 08 December 2010. She was given the benefit of the doubt as she has not re-offended since April 2009, and has been searching for employment ever since. She has also not used heroin or methadone for a number of weeks. The judge added “I have lost track of the times I have said this is the last chance”, and said that with reluctance there would not be a prison sentence at this date.